Evian co-leader Chun trying to match Pak's feat

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In Gee Chun moved into early position Thursday to try to join Se Ri Pak in the LPGA record books.

With an 8-under-par 63 at the Evian Championship, Chun gained a share of the first-round lead with Sung Hyun Park.

Chun won the U.S. Women’s Open for her first LPGA title last year. She’s looking to make the Evian Championship her second LPGA title.

Pak is the only player to win major championships as her first two LPGA titles since the tour was formed in 1950. Pak won the LPGA Championship as her first title in May of 1998 and won the U.S. Women’s Open two months later.

Chun hit all 18 greens in regulation Thursday and didn’t make a bogey.

“I could see the putting lines very well, and I was so good rolling the ball on those lines,” Chun said.


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Chun played alongside Rolex world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, posting a score 10 shots better. Chun is No. 7 in the world rankings. Jutanugarn is seeking to win back-to-back majors and her sixth LPGA title this season.

This year’s start was 16 shots better for Chun than her start at Evian a year ago. She opened with a 79 last year and missed the cut. While Chun has yet to win as an LPGA rookie this season, she is running away in the Rolex Rookie of the Year race, with nearly double the points of the next best rookie. In 15 tour starts this year, Chun has recorded nine top-10 finishes, including three second-place finishes and three thirds.